Saturday, January 03, 2009

The Extravagance of God

ex·trava·gance (ek stravə gəns, ik-) noun 1 lavishness 2 costing a great deal 3 exceeding the limits of reason and necessity and unusually high in price.

What do you think of when you hear the word "extravagant"?

Do you think of God?

The human mind seems to have a "default" setting that needs to be re-calibrated frequently. "Default" setting thoughts are of this sort: God is miserly. He won't bless me because I don't deserve it. Nothing will ever change. Etc. ad nauseum.

The way to change the default setting is to renew the mind with true and lofty thoughts of God.
The Bible is the perfect rx for negative thinking (especially the Psalms) and should be taken daily.

Quotes like this one may be added PRN:

If the landscape reveals one certainty, it is that the extravagant gesture is the very stuff of creation. After the one extravagant gesture of creation in the first place, the universe has continued to deal exclusively in extravagances, flinging intricacies and colossi down aeons of emptiness, heaping profusions on profligacies with ever-fresh vigor. The whole show has been on fire from the word go.
-Annie Dillard

1 comment:

ichthys said...

Happy New Year... perhaps the best definitions of extravagence I've come across would be in Ephesians 1:3 'blessed with every spirtual blessing in Christ Jesus' or Luke 6:38 'a good measure..running over..poured into your lap.